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Autumn Term

Welcome to Y1


Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome back! We hope that you had a lovely summer break and that your child is rested and ready to face the challenges of the new school year.

We  are very much looking forward to working with your child this year. We both share a real love of teaching and a passion for learning. Our school motto ‘Care to Learn and Learn to Care’ is something that we will be sharing with the children on a daily basis. We want all the children in the class to focus on learning and being better learners in a caring and supportive environment.

Year One is the beginning of the journey through KS1. The children will see some changes to the structure of the school day but we feel that the children are now ready to take on and embrace any new challenges. We will be encouraging the children to be more independent, both in their learning and socially. Children will be encouraged to come into school on their own and be responsible for putting coats, book bags and lunchboxes away independently. We will also encourage the children to hand in any snack money and reply slips. As well as developing the children’s own confidences we will be encouraging them to be more responsible and to achieve their potential.

This is an exciting year with the new changes that have taken place within school over the summer break.

The curriculum which the Year One children follow gives the school the opportunity to teach more specifically to the needs of the children and make their learning interesting and exciting, ensuring that the children are able to experience real life opportunities as much as possible.

At the end of Year One the children will complete a phonics screening check. You will be invited to a meeting in the later in the term where Mr Compton and I will discuss this with you in more detail.

At the start of the term the children will have brought home a new reading diary. It is expected that the children to read at home every night and have their homework diaries signed by an adult. Each week the children will then move along a class ‘Reading Race Track’ depending on how many times they read. I know that the children are already excited about this and looking forward to moving closer to the finish line.

All children will receive homework on a weekly basis and will be in the form of Literacy, phonics games, Numeracy and occasionally topic work. Homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in the following Tuesday.  This gives the children or parents time to discuss anything that they find tricky. It is important that homework is always completed as it forms an important part of your child’s learning. We encourage parents to support children with their homework.


During our transition days back in July, as a class we wrote our own class charters where the children identified what makes a good learner. This charter, that has been agreed by all the children in the class, will help us to develop over the year as we continue to embrace our school motto ‘Care to Learn and Learn to Care’as well as our own class motto ‘Work Together And It Will last Forever.

The class pages on the school website will be updated on a weekly basis so you are able to follow your child’s journey through year one.



We look forward to working with you and your child over the next year - please remember that my door is always open if you wish to come in to discuss anything specific about your child.

Miss C Emery & Miss Bayfield